“I’m a big believer” Arteta insists Arsenal are on the right tracks

Sun 26 September 2021 | 8:42

The under-fire manager believes his team’s tough start to the season will make them “stronger” in long term.

Arsenal are currently 13th in the Premier League, having collected six points from the first five games of the new campaign. Mounting pressure from last season peaked when the Gunners lost their first three matches against Brentford, Manchester City, and Chelsea. However, back-to-back victories against Norwich and Burnley have slightly changed the mood among Arsenal fans, while Arteta’s side climb their way up to mid-table.

In a new interview with

Sky Sports

, the Spanish manager has praised former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for his remarkable legacy at the club.

"I think those foundations are in place [for future success],"

Arteta said.

"I think those foundations are in place because of people like Arsene and what he did for this football club. When he left, everything didn't go with him. A lot of things stayed.

"I think the biggest thing that stayed is the way that he was able to educate, and transmit the values and respect and what this club is about. I think he was incredibly good at engaging people to believe in what he and the club were trying to do.

"He did it in a magnificent way because he played really attractive football when he was able to recruit some top talent that just glide together in a generation that just brought a lot of joy and fun to the football world in general and of course to Arsenal supporters."

Arsenal hired Arteta to run a long-term project to rebuild their squad in the post-Wenger era. However, based on his team’s performances in the past two seasons, some of the Spaniard’s critics suggest he might not be the best choice for leading such a project.

Arteta believes his side’s form in the past two seasons has been affected by external issues that have delayed their quest to build a new and successful team.

"We are in a different moment in our history," Arteta added. "Every club has to go through different patches, and we went through the patch of the last 18 months with a big covid situation on the back of a lot of instability in the club in the last two or three seasons.

"That's a difficult mix to suddenly turn things around and build something incredible, but I'm a big believer that this had to happen. For this club it had to happen - we had to experience this and that's going to make us much stronger.

"I can feel what is happening here, and I can feel what is happening with the supporters, with the generation of players that we have here, with everybody that is involved in the organisation. I think it is going to be pretty powerful."

Arsenal will face their arch-rivals Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.

source: SportMob

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